Environment, Health and Safety Guidelines
OSHA Revises Hazard Communication Standard (HCS, HazCom)
In March, OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS, HazCom) to align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). OSHA is calling the revised standard HazCom 2012. OSHA's alignment of the HCS with GHS brings changes for everyone covered by the HCS. To comply, manufacturers and distributors must reclassify their chemicals and provide GHS-formatted safety data sheets and labels to downstream users. Employers must train their employees on GHS and make any necessary update to their hazard programs and workplace labeling strategies.
Common Chemicals Classified Carcinogens By National Toxicology Program
U.S. EPA Area Source MACT Proposal for Plating, Polishing & Thermal Spray
On March 14, 2008, EPA published a proposed air pollution regulation that applies to new and existing area sources of plating and polishing that use/emit any of the plating and polishing metal Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) in tanks or thermal spraying processes. These HAPs are cadmium, chromium, lead, manganese, or nickel. The proposed regulation also applies to dry mechanical polishing operations used to remove or polish products with these metal HAPs.
In most cases, the proposed standard is more likely to involve changing management practices rather than purchasing new equipment, although some add-on devices may be needed. The final rule is expected to be published sometime later in 2008 and existing area sources will have two years from then to comply.
Below is the link to the proposed rule titled 40 CFR Part 63, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Area Source Standards for Plating and Polishing Operations; Proposed Rule:
A fact sheet summarizing the rule is also available.